By Doug Woodring
- Published on June 14, 2016 by China Water Risk
Plastic is one of the most valuable materials on the planet, as it is light weight, durable and very long lasting. These are also the same reasons that it has become a disaster for much of our communities and ecosystems – because it is light weight, hard to recover at scale, and it lasts decades or more. Plastic pollution is one of the biggest challenges of our time, due to the complexity of the material, wide range of varieties, colours and melting points, and lack of sufficient recycling infrastructure globally to keep pace with our consumption.
However, this also means there are big opportunities for those who can solve this challenge, aggregate material, create bring-back programs that encourage customer retention, and which tap underutilized reverse supply chains for material recovery.